Elements are converted to fields in the LANSA Repository.
When defining an element, its physical details are either derived from its data type, or from type and length details provided by the user.
In the case of an element belonging to an External Entity, its physical details are derived from its existing repository definition and cannot be changed.
If a data type has been specified for the element, it will have a reference field based on its data type. For example, the Customer Name field will have a reference field of STD_NAME if based on the Name data type.
For more information about data types, refer to 4. Data Types.